Dozens arrested in Italian match-fixing probe

Fifty people have been arrested and 70 questioned in a nationwide swoop over suspected match-fixing in the third, fourth and fifth tiers of Italian football, the ANSA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Those arrested included players and directors from around 30 clubs who were under suspicion of quotconspiracy to commit sporting fraudquot, the report said.

The operation, which according to Gazzetta dello Sport is code-named quotDirty Soccerquot, is being co-ordinated by prosecutors in the southern town of Catanzaro.

There was no mention of whether the allegations were connected with the Calcioscommesse match-fixing scandal which involved attempts to manipulate matches in Serie B and the third and fourth tier Lega Pro during the 2010-11 season.